Isagi Loses Focus – Blue Lock Ep 14 Review

Naruhaya gets into Isagi’s head and forces the latter to freeze up on the field. Nagi hones his secret weapon formula to shift the match in his favor.

If Isagi doesn’t stop freaking out on the field mid-game, he’ll be leaving Blue Lock soon.

Check out Last Week’s Episode Review.

Naruhaya Psyches Out Isagi

I think Isagi’s main problem is that he gets psyched out so easily due to low self-esteem.

Nagi tries to talk some sense into Isagi before their next match
Nagi tries to talk some sense into Isagi before their next match

Arguably, spatial awareness has the most potential out of everybody else’s special weapons. Sure, he’s not a powerhouse like Nagi or a force to be reckoned with like Rin or Barou – but Isagi has all of their plays memorized. Instead of just focusing on what he can and can’t do on the field himself, Isagi is running everyone’s abilities through his mind and then attempting to adjust his playstyle on the fly.

That is no easy feat. Isagi should be easier on himself because as Nagi reminded him, it takes a team to play soccer.

Without any sort of synergy, Bachira’s passes would not work for Isagi. Without knowing Nagi’s playstyle, Isagi would be struggling on the field right now against Naruhaya and Barou. If Isagi would just stop letting a nobody like Naruhaya get into his head, I’m sure his team would be dominating the field right now.

Naruhaya knows this, as well.

He’s seen Isagi make plays for their team on the fly and their strategies have taken them from Zero to 1 multiple times. But, Isagi lacks the confidence to just “go for it” when it comes to playmaking and Naruhaya is taking advantage of his shaky confidence.

Personality Vs Playstyle

Ego most likely took into account that players’ personalities would inhibit their growth.

Hence why those who coasted along the first round of events (like Kuon) are most likely struggling in the next phase (if they even made it). I like King Barou, but his ego needs to be broken. Barou would be a better player if he stopped hogging the ball. Isagi is brilliant but uses other players’ abilities as a crutch to try and prop up his own gameplay.

When properly motivated, Nagi thrives due to his superior control over the ball
When properly motivated, Nagi thrives due to his superior control over the ball

Nagi acts like an NPC without any motivation, and Naruhaya is a background character who is fighting to stay relevant in Blue Lock’s storyline.

I really hope that as the match progresses, Isagi has another breakthrough of sorts to really hone his direct shot formula. Instead of scanning the field with his spatial awareness and looking for openings, Isagi could instead try to change the game to make an opening for himself.

He’s done this a few times, and if Isagi could recreate this ability he’d be unstoppable in the matches to come.

But, what do you think?

Is Naruhaya exploiting Isagi’s lack of confidence?

Is Nagi exploiting Barou’s ego?


Do you think trash like Kuon made it to the next round?

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